Who is involved?

Who is involved?

The VTL is almost entirely volunteer-run! Along with our two staff members, our Board of Directors, volunteers, and members keep our organization moving forward.

Members

Members are the most important element of our organization! We have a constantly growing base of members who live in Vancouver and its surrounding municipalities.

Becoming a member of the Vancouver Tool Library through the (one-time) purchase of a $20 share is the only prerequisite to participation in the organization, and the open and inclusive nature of this membership is guaranteed by our status as a registered co-op. Members drive the direction of the organization and their projects are what inspire us to run our tool library. Collectively, they own, run, and democratically govern the VTL, in addition to using the resources we provide – workshops and free access to the tool library! You can learn more about becoming a member here.

Volunteers

The VTL’s Board of Directors depend on a strong team of volunteers to help them operate the organization. Our volunteer base is made up of members who help manage the shop, sit on committees (working groups chaired by our Directors), assist with fundraising events, help maintain and upgrade tools, and work behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.

Are you interested in volunteering with the Vancouver Tool Library? Positions with varying time commitments are available with us. See the volunteer page for more info and to fill out an intake form.

Directors, Officers, and Staff

VTL Directors are the individuals who represent members’ interests at the organization’s operational level. Directors are elected to the Board by our membership at an Annual General Meeting, and serve a minimum of one year terms. The VTL’s Board of Directors consists of seven people who are responsible for overseeing everything entailed in the smooth operation of the organization, including strategic planning, budgeting, volunteer recruitment, and everything in between. Officers are volunteers who serve on volunteer committees and help Directors with specific projects. Our current Directors, Officers, and Staff include…

Brian Beaudry, President

  • In his youth, Brian would spend most Saturday mornings building entire cities out of Lego while occasionally glancing up at the home renovation shows his father would be watching in the background. The glances eventually turned to raised eyebrows, and soon to the ogling of secret mitred dovetail joints. Renovations at home led to projects with Habitat For Humanity which led in turn to employment with a variety of trades. These days, when he is not treeplanting in some forsaken corner of the BC coast, Brian can be found making furniture out of salvaged wood, producing strange noises for Soundscape on CFRO Co-Op Radio, tending to his plot at Crows Point Garden, pruning at Copley Community Orchard, collecting records, and fixing tools at the VTL.

Craig Massey, Vice President

  • Craig spent his childhood in Saskatchewan holding the flashlight while
    his farmer father fixed everything. Now, thanks to advances in LED headlamp technology, his hands are free to build and fix too. Craig brings experience from other co-op boards and the BC Co-op Association to his goal of helping build a vibrant co-operative economy in Vancouver. When not scheming disruptive business ventures, he can be found trail-running or growing food (and then eating it).

Adam Carver, Director of Finance

Nicole Jahraus, Director of Volunteers

Lauren McGuire-Wood, Director of Communications

Stephen Rice, Director of Events

Ryan Mason, Director of Tools

Laura McMurran, Officer of the Board

Zach Bullick, Graphic Design

Lauren Warbeck, General Manager

  • Lauren’s early experiences with tools mostly entailed nagging her mother to hurry during Saturday morning sojourns at the hardware store, and reluctantly steadying 2X4s during her father’s ambitious construction projects. Eventually, her angst gave way to a deep appreciation of her folks’ do-it-yourself ethic, and a respect for tools as instruments to realize creative vision. Lauren brings curiosity, enthusiasm, and a truly nerdy excitement about organization to her position, as well as experience as a community organizer, bicycle mechanic, and former restaurant manager. When she’s not perched behind the VTL desk, she can be found instructing bicycle repair at Our Community Bikes, cooing at cute dogs in East Van, or transforming seasonal produce into fermented and canned delights in her kitchen with public radio humming quietly in the background.